We believe in experiential learning, both intellectually and therapeutically.
I hear and I remember.
I see and I understand.
I do and I become.
Each student will participate in the following:
A Mental Health Assessment: If this assessment indicates further difficulties, additional testing can be completed at the request of the parent.
A carefully formulated treatment plan: The students, parents and therapist pinpoint key areas they will focus on during the course of the program.
Individual Therapy: With a qualified mental health professional (with a minimum of a master’s degree) weekly.
Family Therapy: Using the most up-to-date electronic equipment, parents can participate with their student during therapy sessions.
Parenting Support and Education: Parents also receive a personalized session with the therapist over the phone or via teleconferencing on a weekly basis. They will be provided resources for improving parenting skills, including recommendations at the completion of the wilderness program, if they are needed for their student.
Group Therapy: Students will participate in intensive clinical interventions during the days they are at base camp. This includes group therapy, communication skills, problem solving, and wilderness skills instruction which are processed to help with therapeutic goals. This component constitutes the intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization (PHP) components of the program along with the individual and family therapy which are also conducted at the base camp.
Family Therapy Seminar: At the end of your student’s expedition, we hold a two-day (not including travel) family therapy seminar. Parents will have the chance to meet with the therapist and their student, and participate in family goal setting. (Meals are provided.)
Specific Additional Testing: Specialized testing beyond the mental health assessment is available, if necessary, at an additional cost.
Medication Management: By an APRN is also available for clients on psychotropic medication at an additional cost.
Evidence based theories form the foundation of the program: Stages of Change Theory; Arbinger Institute “The Anatomy Of Peace;” Howard Glasser’s “Transforming the Difficult Child;” Motivational Interviewing Theory; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Experiential Therapy; Adventure Therapy.
Agents of Change: As mentioned before, our over-arching change agent is experience, and the five key agents of change are central to the Journey Wilderness Therapy program.